Great Britain finished a disappointing last place in the Eurovision Song Contest tonight (Saturday) as James Newman received no points.
The star had taken the stage with an energetic performance of his song Embers in the ninth slot of the night.
The 35-year-old singer-songwriter is one of 26 acts competing for the grand prize during the culmination of the week-long competition in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
He entered the stage in a long leather coat with zippers, accompanied by dancing brass players in white ensembles.
But after the jury’s vote, there were no points for Great Britain – and the public vote in the final confirmed the brutal “zero points”.
The singer stood up as the crowd in the arena cheered as the news broke.
Italy was crowned the winner of the program after the four-hour program.
Måneskin played a hard rock anthem, Zitti E Buoni, in red leather pants with a fiery stage show.
When they received their award they said, “We just want to tell Europe, the whole world, rock and roll never dies.”
They have collected 524 points and are the first group to win the competition since 2006.
Graham Norton, re-anchoring the competition on BBC One, encouraged fans to “raise a glass to Sir Terry Wogan, who was and always will be the voice of Eurovision”.
Newman, the older brother of pop star John Newman, was ready to perform the ballad My Last Breath in the 2020 competition before it was canceled due to the pandemic.
Its upbeat dance-pop offering was inspired by the end of the lockdown.
He performed in front of 3,500 fans in the Ahoi-Arena.
The footage of a rehearsal from Iceland’s Eurovision contribution was shown in the finale after the group Daoi og Gagnamagnio withdrew from the live performance after a positive Covid-19 test.
They were supposed to go on stage with their song for 10 years, but instead a rehearsal was shown during the broadcast, which was recorded on the stage on May 13th.
The Icelandic delegation was already in quarantine after a positive Covid-19 test on Sunday and was subjected to a PCR test.
In the 2019 competition, the UK finished last with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us and continued a string of poor results, while the Netherlands came out on top with Duncan Laurence’s Arcade.
The final consists of the 20 successful nations from the two semi-finals of the week as well as the so-called Big Five from Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The competition was interrupted by a series of positive Covid-19 tests among the delegations.
Reigning Eurovision Song Contest champion Laurence was also due to perform, but withdrew after testing positive and developing mild symptoms.